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|Named Person:||Émile Zola; Alfred Dreyfus; Paul Cézanne; Matthew Josephson; Émile Zola|
|Document Type:||Visual material|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
William Dieterle; Norman Reilly Raine; Heinz Herald; Géza Herczeg; Paul Muni; Joseph Schildkraut; Gale Sondergaard; Donald Crisp; Gloria Holden; Erin O'Brien-Moore; Henry O'Neill; Morris Carnovsky; Louis Calhern; John Litel; Ralph Morgan; Robert Barrat; Vladimir Sokoloff; Harry Davenport; Robert Warwick; Charles Richman; Gilbert Emery; Walter Kingsford; Paul Everton; Montagu Love; Frank Sheridan; Lumsden Hare; Marcia Mae Jones; Florence Roberts; Dick Moore; Max Steiner; Matthew Josephson; Warner Bros. Pictures (1923-1967); Turner Entertainment Co.; Warner Home Video (Firm)
|Language Note:||In English with optional subtitles in English, French, or Spanish ; closed captioned.|
|Notes:||Source material, Matthew Josephson's "Zola and his time."
Special features: The littlest diplomat [featurette] (19 min.); Romance Road [featurette] (19 min.); Ain't we got fun [cartoon featurette] (8 min.); 5/8/39 Lux Radio Theater broadcast [audio feature] (59 min.); Theatrical trailer (4 min.).
|Credits:||Photography, Tony Gaudio ; film editor, Warren Low ; music, Max Steiner ; art director, Anton Grot ; costumes by Milo Anderson and Ali Hubert.|
|Cast:||Paul Muni (Emile Zola), Joseph Schildkraut (Capt. Alfred Dreyfus), Gale Sondergaard (Lucie Dreyfus), Donald Crisp (Maitre Labori), Gloria Holden (Alexandrine Zola), Erin O'Brien-Moore (Nana), Henry O'Neill (Colonel Picquart), Morris Carnovsky (Anatole France), Louis Calhern (Major Dort), John Litel (Charpentier), Ralph Morgan (Commander of Paris), Robert Barrat (Major Walsin-Esterhazy), Vladimir Sokoloff (Paul Cezanne), Harry Davenport (Chief of Staff), Robert Warwick (Major Henry), Charles Richman (M. Delagorgue), Gilbert Emery (Minister of War), Walter Kingsford (Colonel Sandherr), Paul Everton (Asst. Chief of Staff), Montagu Love (M. Cavalgnac), Frank Sheridan (M. Van Cassell), Lumsden Hare (Mr. Richards), Marcia Mae Jones (Helen Richards), Florence Roberts (Madame Zola), Dickie Moore (Pierre Dreyfus), Rolla Gourvitch (Jeanne Dreyfus).|
|Production notes:||Originally produced as an American motion picture in 1937.|
|Awards:||Winner, 1938 Academy Awards for Best Writing, Screenplay--Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg, Norman Reilly Raine; Best Actor in a Supporting Role--Joseph Schildkraut; Best Picture--Warner Bros.|
|Target Audience:||MPAA Rating: Not rated; Canadian Home Video Rating: Rated G.|
|Description:||1 videodisc (116 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.|
|Details:||DVD, Region 1, standard presentation preserving the 1.37:1 aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition; Dolby Digital mono.|
Job for Emile --
Official warning --
Injustice all around --
Nana's story --
"Nana's" profits --
Defying the censor --
Cezanne's goodbye --
Traitor in their midst --
Arrested for treason --
"I'm innocent!" --
You must survive --
Military maneuvers --
Lucie appeals to Zola --
I accuse --
Inflaming the mob --
On trial --
Picquart testifies --
Written and unspoken --
Intolerance all around --
Let truth conquer --
Another closed case --
Honor of the army --
Homecomings to France --
By force of ideas --
Moment of conscience --
|Series Title:||Best picture collection. Dramas|
|Other Titles:||Life of Emile Zola (Motion picture)
The life of Emile Zola
|Responsibility:||Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. present ; a Warner Bros. picture ; directed by William Dieterle ; screenplay by Norman Reilly Raine, Heinz Herald, Geza Herczeg ; story by Heinz Herald and Geza Herczeg.|
|Local System Bib Number:||
In 1862 Paris, Emile Zola is barely scratching out a living writing muckraking articles about the poverty of the French people and the corruption of their leaders. Until "Nana," about the life of a prostitute, becomes a smash hit and turns Zola into a celebrity, champion of the people. As he churns out a string of similar books that make him quite rich, his old friend Paul Cezanne tells him "An artist should remain poor." His determined intervention in the Dreyfus Affair, at the request of Dreyfus's wife Lucie, results in "J'accuse!" his famous denunciation of the Army, and leads to a conviction for libel. He flees to England, where he remains until granted amnesty. Unfortunately, he dies before the news that Dreyfus was exonerated and reinstated to full rank can reach him. Indicative of the mores of its time, during the course of this clear story about institutionalized anti-Semitism, the word "Jew" is never mentioned. And while most Hollywood biographies must be taken with a grain--if not a handful--of salt, the film makes a reasonable effort at accuracy and completeness.
Retrieving notes about this item
- Zola, Émile, -- 1840-1902 -- Drama.
- Dreyfus, Alfred, -- 1859-1935 -- Trials, litigation, etc. -- Drama.
- Cézanne, Paul, -- 1839-1906 -- Drama.
- France. -- Armée -- History -- 19th century -- Drama.
- Authors -- Drama.
- Novelists, French -- 19th century -- Drama.
- Men -- Conduct of life -- Drama.
- Man-woman relationships -- Drama.
- Trials (Treason) -- France.
- Scandals -- Political aspects -- France -- Drama.
- Politics and literature -- France -- Drama.
- Antisemitism -- France -- Drama.
- France -- Intellectual life -- 19th century -- Drama.
- France -- Politics and government -- 19th century -- Drama.
- London (England) -- Drama.
- Paris (France) -- Drama.
- Josephson, Matthew, -- 1899-1978 -- Film adaptations.
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